Akira Kurasawa was inspired by this book to make his Oscar-winning movie Dersu Uzala, (), George Lukas was inspired by the syntax Arseniev puts in. All about Dersu Uzala. The Books. English, German and others editions · Russian editions · The Dersu and Arsenyev. Dersu – photos · Arsenyev – life. Dersu Uzala (Дерсу Узала) is a nonfiction book written by Vladimir Arsenyev, a Russian officer sent on a series of exploration missions in the Siberian Far East.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dersu the Trapper by Vladimir Arsenyev. Vladimir Klavdievich Arseniev undertook twelve major scientific expeditions between and in the Siberian Far East, and authored some sixty works from dfrsu geographical, geological, botanical, and ethnographic data he amassed.
Among these, Dersu the Trapper has earned a privileged place in Russian literature. In this Russian counterpart to The Journals o Vladimir Klavdievich Arseniev undertook twelve major scientific expeditions between and in the Siberian Far East, and authored some sixty works from the geographical, geological, botanical, and ethnographic data he amassed. In this Russian counterpart to The Journals of Lewis and Clark and the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, Arseniev combines the precise observations of a naturalist with an exciting narrative hook real-life adventure.
Arseniev describes three explorations defsu the Ussurian taiga along the Sea of Japan above Vladivostok, beginning with his first encounter of the solitary aboriginal hunter named Dersu, a member of the Gold tribe, who thereafter becomes his guide.
Each expedition is beset with hardship and danger: But the bridges across language, race and culture also have limitations, and the incursion of civilization exacts its toll.
Dersu the Trapper is at once a witnessing of Russia’s last frontier and a poignant memoir of rare cross-cultural understanding. Originally published inthis English translation is reprinted in its entirety now for the first time.
Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by McPherson first published Prin taigaua Extremului Orient 2. To see what your friends thought of this boo, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dersu the Trapperplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Get out your man card and start uzaal Check and double Check!!! Vladimir Arsenyev was a military officer, an explorer of uzalaa Far East, a scientist, a traveler, and a writer who organized several prospecting expeditions in the Ussurian taiga between and There are three main attractions in the story for me: The few humans encountered on the trip are the original tribesmen Udehei, Nanai, etcthe first Russian settlers brought there by the Great Transsiberian Railway, some Chinese and Korean trappers.
Arsenyev style is mostly dry, a detached recounting of facts, but he is effective because this lends the authenticity of the eyewitness to the text. His emotions will become more transparent dwrsu the end, as his friendship with Dersu gains steam. As I already mentioned: Arsenyev and his team are on their own dersuu many times their survival is due only to the skills of one man: Which brings me to 3 – the real star of the novel, Dersu Uzala, a simple man with basic needs and ancient wisdom inherited from his native ancestors.
Old, small of stature and poorly dressed, he is more at home in defsu wilderness that any of his Uzlaa employers. He is an exceptional marksman with a rifle but his real talent is to read the language of trees and the tracks of the animals, the patterns of the clouds and the winds.
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He is a survivor who chuckles at Arsenyev boook he fails uzsla spot a broken branch on the deesu See nothing, savvy nothing. Want to eat – go buy. Live alone in mountains – soon die. It’s bad to shoot for nothing. Arsenyev will come not only to respect him and to depend on his expertise, but to form a strong friendship with the diminutive guide, offering him the shelter of his home in Khabarovsk when the guide’s eyesight begins to falter. For me, the most important aspect of Dersu personality is his animist spirituality – his belief that every living thing has a soul and is talking gently to him, his view that nature is a garden to be nurtured or at least respected, and not an adversary to be conquered.
He reminds me of Winnetou and Uncas Leatherstocking, with the important difference that Dersu is not an imaginary character.
Booo the relevant quote, as narrated by Arsenyev: During our meal I threw a bit of meat into the fire. Dersu pulled it out hastily and flung it to the ground. They can eat it.
There are all kinds of people in the taiga. Consider also that the movie won an Oscar for the best foreign language film. I have waited to read the book before renting the movie, but I plan to remedy this and get it into my player soon. I would recommend a second movie for readers who liked the book, dealing also with the dangers boook prospecting into the immense taiga wilderness: View all 3 comments.
Mar 23, Katya Reimann rated it it was amazing. This is an extraordinary book. A ‘classic,’ in Russia, but Akira Kurasawa was inspired by this book to make his Oscar-winning movie Bokk Uzala,George Lukas was inspired by the syntax Arseniev puts in Dersu’s mouth to create his character Yoda. The recent bestseller Tiger, by John Valliant, also a lovely book clearly takes its inspiration from Arseniev.
There’s a wonderful page up by Chad Garcia, titled “Watching Dersu Uzala,” which describes This is an extraordinary book. There’s a wonderful page up by Chad Garcia, titled “Watching Dersu Uzala,” which describes Kurasawa’s relationship uzaal the material.
Kurasawa’s movie was the first complete work he produced after a suicide attempt. I’d say–read Chad’s page. No need for me to crib those thoughts here, when Chad has already written them so finely. This said, my first reaction on reading the text? It was deep gratitude that I did not find the material to be “dated. The narrative is a factual account of Arseniev’s three surveying trips in the coastal area north of Vladivostok–but the story is so much larger.
Friendship, the slow terrible impact of one culture upon another, the slow terrible impact of human culture upon nature How can one expect this book, written by a man who was born the son of a serf? From what source does such human sensitivity arise? In others mountains seem surly and wild. It is a strange thing that such impressions are not purely personal and subjective, but were felt by all the men uaala the detachment In that spot there was an bok feeling in the air, something unhappy and painful, and the sensation of gloom and ill-omen was felt by us all.
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The charge I feel, reading the descriptions, the sentences; the feeling that courses through me, knowing that I am learning something new, yet something so connected to so much of what I have thought before.
So much about reading is that spark, that sense uzaka one has made an acquaintance of a book at a time and place where the connection one has with one’s reading I’m so grateful to have met this book and to have been able to read it in this way. And such a strong book–in this case I know my feelings are not mine alone. Jul 12, J. Hushour rated it it was amazing. Arseniev, the author, recounts here three expeditions he did along the Sihote Alin and hinterlands between the Russian frontier and the Sea of Japan in the s.
Dersu was his guide and friend, one of those almost mystical dudes who can read intent, age, and health from spoor and know a person by their tracks. None of this Hollywood Aragorn-patting-grass-where-hobbits-made-love: Arseniev and Dersu battle tigers, bandits, and nature, while Dersu points up what an infant Arseniev and the other Russians are when it comes to reading the world around them.
A classic that makes we want to vanish with my berdianka into the wastes above Lake Hanka! Nov 03, John rated it really liked it. This is a great historical travelogue, a well born Russian officer exploring far eastern Siberia with a guide named Dersu.
The uzaa they are in is basically the part of Russia that is right next to China and Korea, the bit that’s so far from Russia that it’s really kinda bookk that it’s even part of Russia, but it is.
They get caught in blizzards and have run-ins with Siberian tigers and navigate icy rivers. Some of the first two expeditions drag a bit because Uzalw has this need to mention e This is a great historical travelogue, a well born Russian officer exploring far eastern Siberia with a uxala named Dersu.
Some of the first two expeditions drag a bit because Arseniev has this need to mention every tree and bird that he sees, and what the flowers looked like and what European flowers they resemble and what birds were in which tree and wether they were scared of him or didn’t seem to care. That stuff should just be skimmed over though, unless you just adore Siberian botany or something.
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The real good stuff here is the window into what life was like in this area a hundred years ago. I found it very interesting to think about the cross cultural stuff here. Arseniev is remarkably open to discussing the value of Dersu’s native beliefs and animism, and he really puts the guy on a pedestal.
He openly discusses the ways that the native way of life is superior to his ‘cultured’ background. But he does this partially because he spent his youth reading Kzala frontier literature like ‘Last of the Booo, and all kinds of other books that talked about American Indians as noble savages, and it was almost dersi he couldn’t wait to get out to Siberia to find his own noble savages to write about.
So off he went, and lo and behold, he found one. Incidentally, Siberian tigers seem pretty badass. Can you imagine walking around the forest, not the jungle, just forest like we have in Maine and running into one of those things?
No wonder the natives respected the hell out of nature. A mountain lion might kill someone once in dersk while, if it was starving, but these tigers will eat you soon as look at you.